Maurice Blackburn rewards 56 lawyers in latest promotions round

More than half are women

Maurice Blackburn rewards 56 lawyers in latest promotions round

Maurice Blackburn has rewarded 56 lawyers from its offices across the country in its latest round of promotions, effective 1 January 2023.

The promotions will include 10 principal lawyers, six special counsels, 14 senior associates and 26 associates – 38 of whom are women. They are located in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, WA, SA and the NT.

The recognised lawyers also represent all of Maurice Blackburn’s practice areas, including injuries, dust diseases, abuse law, medical negligence, employment, wills and estates, superannuation and insurance, class actions and litigation funding.

According to Jacob Varghese, chief executive officer of Maurice Blackburn, the firm has also upheld gender diversity in the boardroom, with women making up 50% of the appointments since 2018.

“We are fortunate at Maurice Blackburn to have many talented and committed people working to deliver great outcomes for our clients,” Varghese said. “It’s pleasing to see so many female leaders being recognised, with women making up six of the 10 new principal lawyers, and four of the six new special counsels. Our firm remains a strong supporter of women in leadership roles.”

The full list of promotions can be found below.

Principal Lawyers

  • John Rule
  • Nina Abbey
  • Jacinta Lewin
  • Claire Gibbs
  • Samuel Pearce
  • Dirk Luff
  • Melissa Meyers
  • Mala Heffernan
  • Zoltan Kozma
  • Janelle Medhurst

Special Counsel

  • Jarrah Ekstein
  • Julian Brown
  • Nicki Lees
  • Patricia McMullan
  • Ellen Parry
  • Charles Noonan

Senior Associates

  • Dimi Talevski
  • Melissa Stephens
  • Nikita Moyle
  • Kirsten Van Der Wal
  • Allison Grimley
  • Ty Redmond
  • Bridie Murphy
  • Zoe Keane
  • Sarah Sorrell
  • Amy Williams
  • Rachel Davis
  • Penny Parker
  • Ric Traini
  • Georgina Overend


  • Milly Cain
  • Bethany Moore
  • Christian Raso
  • Hayley Stokes
  • Laura Davies
  • Omar Sarac
  • Zoe Papageorgiou
  • Charleton O'Brien
  • Teagan Hickey
  • Jenna Cruikshank
  • Phillip White
  • Catherine Iliadis
  • Andrew Herzig
  • Rebecca Coulter
  • Mark Callender
  • Jermia Burton
  • Liam Kelly
  • Carla Cipressi
  • Emily Ormerod
  • Nina Smart
  • Amy Ryan
  • Jake Tyler
  • Jonathon Barlow
  • Jessica Brake
  • Rebecca Barrand
  • Katharine Wood

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